Dr. Jim Bailey
Guiding You to Work that FIts


Passion. Real-world Experience. Results.

Meet Dr. Jim

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Practical-to-Ph.D. Expertise

Dr. Jim Bailey is passionate about helping individuals and organizations pursue paths that lead to being their best possible self. The son of a small business owner, Jim grew up doing "real work" by cleaning the production floor, making deliveries, and learned leadership by watching his dad manage sales and run the company. Dr. Bailey's own path eventually led him to earn a Ph.D. with a focus on organizational functioning and mental health. He's been a university professor and department head, held executive director positions with nonprofit organizations, and has been on and chaired several non-profit Boards. Since 1997 he’s provided business and leadership consulting, and career coaching to people who are passionate about maximizing their true selves in the workplace. He opened his private practice in 2006, doing business as Directions Consultation. Married since 1989, his wife and he have two adult children. He fills his free time with hiking and cycling in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains and doing home improvement projects. Dr. Jim is on the Knoxville Young Life Committee and mentors college and 20-something aged men one-on-one and in a weekly small group bible study.





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